Russia Sends Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

A Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees has headed to Beirut, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry announced on Wednesday.

“An IL-76 aircraft has headed to the Lebanese capital,” Russia Today television quoted the ministry as saying.

“The plane is carrying 37 tons of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees, including food and basic supplies,” it said.

During a visit to Lebanon on Tuesday, Philip Gordon – U.S. Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and Gulf Region -- announced an additional $10 million in assistance for Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

He urged all international donors to “help Lebanon meet its obligations to the refugees.”

The number of Syrian refugees who fled the war in their country to Lebanon has soared to more than 400,000, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on April 8, but Lebanese officials say the actual number of refugees has exceeded one million.

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